Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School

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Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School
Thamasoma jyothirgamaya
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala
Type Higher secondary school
Established 1885
Locale Thycaud
Number of students Approx 2000
Education system Kerala State Board of Education
Classes offered Std 5 to 12

Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School, (earlier called Government Model High School) is a school in Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, India. The school is affiliated to the Kerala State Board of Education and is one of the oldest schools in Kerala.[1]


Thiruvananthapuram Model School, one of the oldest schools in the city

In 1885, a normal school was started in Trivandrum by the government of Travancore for training male teachers. It was situated in the compound where St.Joseph's Higher Secondary school is at present. In 1903 it was shifted to Thycaud. The magnificent main building of the school, an example of European architecture, was built in 1910[2] during the reign of Maharaja Sree Moolam Thirunal Ramavarma.[3]

The institution flourished under the leadership of the first headmaster Dr. C F Clarke. He served in office for three years. He lived on the school campus; the house where he stayed remains as Clarke's Bungalow. One of the earliest headmasters of the training college was Shri. P.G. Sadasiva Iyer, who was an M.A. in Chemistry from the Madras Presidency college. The school was the city's first English, Malayalam, Tamil medium school.

The school today[edit]

The school has few students these days in the primary and secondary section, may be because of the proliferation of private schools with better teaching facilities. Model School has been neglected by the government with the result the infrastructure has become run down and competence of some teaching staff questionable. In fact the Government should have built on the already existing beautiful premises to make this a truly Model School in Kerala which it was years ago. Very recently some batches of the old students have taken the initiative to improve the infrastructure in the school like providing computers, cupboards etc. The 1964 SSLC batch recently renovated the Manual training building (the only one of its kind in Kerala) at a cost of ₹ 8 lakhs. Perhaps other batches too will pitch in to regain the lost glory of this wonderful school.

Higher secondary school[edit]

When the Kerala State Board of Education decided to move the two-year intermediate course (the course between high school and university) from colleges to schools in 1998, Model School was part of the program. As part of this change, the name of the school was changed to Government Model Higher Secondary School.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Chethan Krishnan (1993), scientist, Center for Relativity and The Weinberg Theory Group, Department of Physics, University of Texas, Austin

. Raghu Kumar Managing Director Allergan India

  • U. Vimal Kumar, Former National Badminton Player and Coach, Coach of Banga Beats Franchise of IBL


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Coordinates: 8°29′34″N 76°57′19″E / 8.492813°N 76.955355°E / 8.492813; 76.955355